Jacob "Tubbs" Ellacott
|Full name||Jacob Tubbs Ellacott|
|Date of birth||30 August 1995|
|Place of birth||St. Albans, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2011-2012||Denchworth Town FC||45|
|2011||→ FC Zvezda Saint Petersburg (loan)||12|
|2011-||Kiribati national football team||87||(16)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He is often referred to as 'the flashiest goalkeeper in football' for his extravagant style on and off the pitch.
During his career, which began in 2011, Ellacott has represented four different clubs including Denchworth Town FC, FC Zvezda, Athletic Bilpow and Bianconeri . He was voted as Bianconeri's 'all-time cult hero' by viewers of the BBC show Football Focus in April 2018.
In addition to his club career, Ellacott holds record amount of appearances for the Kiribati national team, having played 87 games in all competitions.
He started his career in the youth team at Bianconeri in 2006 and was a member of the famous FA Youth Cup winning side that beat a Southampton youth side including Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He was sold for a record club fee for a goalkeeper by Bianconeri and signed his first professional contract in 2011 with Denchworth Town FC where he stayed for two seasons. During his first season he went out on Loan to Russian 4th Division side FC Zvezda Saint Petersburg during which he played 12 games and helped them to win the league title that year.
Denchworth Town FC, after his brief loan spell in Russia, he played in all of Denchworth's games that following season but Denchworth struggled to consolidate and were forced to split due to the squad being too large and dysfunctional.
Denchworth Town later split in to two rival teams, Athletic Bilpow and STA Galaxy. The founding members of Athletic Billow were impressed by Ellacott and he was subsequently snapped up by them in 2012. This lead to a fantastic reunion with some great friends made in the Bianconeri Academy's class of 08; Cameron Miller, Callum Miller and Mike Blanchard. His first season with Athletic Bilpow was a great success, with the club finishing 1st in the Hatfield 5-a-side 2nd Division and being promoted to the Hatfield 5-a-side Premiership. However, despite conceding 69 goals in 42 games, Ellacott was still voted Player of the Season by supporters. He started to concede less goals the season after and Athletic Bilpow had a string of respectable results and were in a good position in the league until their big players were forced to terminate their contracts due to various reasons. Athletic Bilpow unfortunutely folded in 2013.
In 2013 Ellacott was a free agent and returned to the club where he started, Bianconeri. He was welcomed back very warmly by the fans and the open bus parade on his arrival was a real spectacle. After many appearance for the club, Ellacott continues with the same passion and conviction today.
He was awarded a testimonial match for his great service to the club. He described the day as "very emotional for him and his family".
Amongst Ellacott's club career, he has also played 87 games for the Kiribati Island's national team where he qualifies due to a grandmother from the islands. He has placed this as one of his proudest moments of his career where he frequently juggles between playing in goal and as a striker. He is heralded as a national hero on the Islands and has a bronze statue outside the Bairiki National Stadium.
- As of 20:30, Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (UTC)
Ellacott has 17 children with 10 different women. He is a committed father and looks after all 17 on weekends where you can often see them in the "Ellacott Bus". Ellacott has also allegedly had a relationship with all of the Kardashian's who have been spotted at numerous Bianconeri games.
- FA Youth Cup Winners: 2008
- FC Zvezda Saint Petersburg
- North-West Football Championship Champions: 2011
- Athletic Bilpow
- Hatfield 5-a-side Second Division Champions: 2012
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